A School Where I Belong

The Book

The Book 




The authors

Dylan Wray is co-founder and director of Shikaya – a non-profit that supports teachers and school leaders to ensure young people leave school thinking critically, and engaging as compassionate, active and  democratic citizens. He continues to work closely with Facing History and Ourselves, managing their South African programme. Wray has worked globally as a teacher, facilitator, materials developer and author, and is co-founder of FutureProof Schools. 

Roy Hellenberg has served on senior management teams of two top traditional boys’ schools in South Africa. Hellenberg has special interest and expertise in education in post-conflict societies, and has worked with Shikaya and Facing History and Ourselves over the past 11 years in equipping teachers to develop inclusive classrooms that encourage critical thinking and democratic practice. Hellenberg is also a co-founder of FutureProof Schools. 

Jonathan Jansen is Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Stellenbosch, and served for many years as Vice Chancellor of the University of the Free State. Jansen has a formidable reputation for transformation and for a deep commitment to reconciliation in communities living with the heritage of apartheid. He holds an impressive collection of degrees and awards including the Education Africa Lifetime Achievement Award.


The Book

Over the past few years, it has become clear that the path of transformation in schools since 1994 has not led South Africa’s education system to where we had hoped it could be. Through tweets, posts and recent protests in schools, it has become apparent that in former Model-C and private schools, children of colour don’t feel they belong. 

The authors sat down with young people who attended former Model-C and private schools, as well as principals and teachers, to reflect on transformation and belonging in South African schools. These filmed reflections, included on DVD in the book, are honest and insightful. 

Drawing on the authors’ experiences in supporting schools over the last twenty years, and the insight of those interviewed, A School Where I Belong outlines six areas where true transformation in South African classrooms and schools can begin.

The book is published by Bookstorm and funded by The Federated Employers Mutual Assurance Company.

The book is now available in most leading bookstores across South Africa. Please contact us below for more information.

A School Where I Belong is a Shikaya and FutureProof Schools initiative in partnership with Facing History and Ourselves.

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